City mayor's lecture to take place

University expert on space science to give inaugual public lecture

Issued by Leicester City Council on 24 October 2011

PROFESSOR Ken Pounds CBE is to deliver the first city mayor’s lecture at the University of Leicester next month.

Titled 'Fifty years of space research in Leicester', the lecture is being hosted in the university's Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, on Wednesday, November 23, at 6.30pm.

City mayor, Peter Soulsby said: "I’m delighted that Professor Pounds can take time out of his schedule to deliver this lecture.

"I’ve known Ken for a number of years and was particularly grateful for the instrumental role he and his team played in the development of National Space Centre here in Leicester.

"This is the home of space research in the UK and I’m sure that there will be a lot of interest.

"I hope that the city mayor lectures will help to encourage people to continue learning and think about new ways to find out about topics that interest them.”

Professor Pounds is emeritus professor of physics and a pioneer of space science in the UK. At the lecture he will discuss how our understanding of the universe, from the sun and planets to black holes in deep space, has been transformed by space observations during the past 50 years.

The lecture is free to attend but booking is recommended. To book your place visit www.leicester.gov.uk/citymayorlecture or call 0116 252 6505.

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